Hilarious throwback reviews of season 1 of ITV’s Grantchester are giving us life

ITV’s hit show Grantchester is perhaps one of the most well-known shows to pay homage to our lovely home county. The popular programme follows the lives of a “hot and angsty” vicar and his gruff copper mate as they solve crimes in Cambridge.

The show has been around now for some time, with the first series hitting screens back in October 2014. Now in its seventh series, the show continues to draw in thousands of viewers with each episode.

We’ve taken a look back at some of the reviews left by viewers, from when the series first touched our screens and it’s pretty clear there is one thing keeping people coming back for more – the “incredibly handsome” clergyman, Sidney Chambers played by James Norton.

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It’s clear viewers enjoyed many things about the show, but the raunchy reviews certainly put a smile on our faces. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite reviews from a variety of sites below.

James Norton (vicar) and Robson Green (glasses) on the streets of Cambridge filming the ITV drama Grantchester

Micala E, gave the series five stars and wrote on Rotten Tomatoes: “A hot and angsty vicar who is all too human is certainly an unexpected pleasure. The mysteries aren’t gripping, but the interaction of all the characters and their own struggles in life are what keeps you watching. Very good show and can’t wait for more episodes.” (May 31, 2016)

Freeman Gilbert who left a four star review for the series on Amazon wrote: “The vicar likes jazz and the inspector prefers Gilbert & Sullivan, so we get arguments on music. At times arguments on crime as well. But here they wind up more in tune with each other than otherwise. At its best this works…” (May 22, 2020)

Kaye Jaye gave the series full marks in their Amazon review writing: “This is an entertaining series with an incredibly handsome leading man, James Norton, as a vicar and the great Robson Green as a police inspector. They have interesting times dealing with skulduggery in the town of Grantchester… There is also some romance for the vicar, a man beloved by those around him for his compassion and integrity.” (September 2015)

Grantchester Christmas filming in 2016
(Image: Harry Hubbard)

Ian Louisiana wrote on IMDb: “Wriggle your toes and bring out the hot chocolate because “Grantchester” is ideal winter viewing on your favourite sofa,” the review goes on to say “lovers of nosey vicars and gruff but kindly coppers will love it.” (October 2014)

Blanch-2 also wrote on IMDb: “Two extremely hot men (in my opinion), James Norton and Robson Green, star in “Grantchester,” a series about a vicar (Norton) and the mysteries he solves with the help of a local police detective (Green),” it continues “Norton does a great job as a contemplative man grappling with his own thoughts and feelings as he tries to help others. This for me is a different kind of role for Robson Green. There was a time, back in his Reckless days, when he was where Norton is now – young and hunky. Now he’s older but just as sexy… really good series, entertaining with lots of eye candy. And I like Chambers’ sermons.” (February 2015)

Tom Brittney as Rev Will Davenport, Robson Green as Geordie Keating and Charlotte Ritchie as Bonnie Evans
Tom Brittney as Rev Will Davenport, Robson Green as Geordie Keating and Charlotte Ritchie as Bonnie Evans
(Image: Kudos/ITV)

But all good things must come to an end and Norton left the series at the end of season three. He was replaced by fellow vicar William Davenport (Tom Brittney) in the subsequent seasons and hasn’t returned.

Series seven of Grantchester came to an end last month, April 15, when Geordie and Will realised they may have made a big mistake in a case, but the last episode has left the question on many viewers’ minds, will there be another series?

Grantchester season eight has yet to be confirmed by ITV. However, series star Robson Green has revealed that the channel has “got the green light on negotiations” for a possible further season of the hit crime drama. Read more here.

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